Bill Gates Father, William .H. Gates II, who was a lawyer and philanthropist, died at 94. Gates, born in 1925, grew up in Bremerton, Washington. His parents owned a furniture store. He joined the army during world war II following his freshman year at the University of Washington and was head for Japan when he surrendered in 1945. Gate’s wife, Mary Maxwell, had three children by him; they met at the University of Washington. They stayed married until her death in 1994. He remarried two years later to Mimi Gardner, who was the director of The Seattle art museum with whom he spent the last quarter-century of his life. He served a year in war-torn Tokyo before returning to the United States and resuming his education, told by his family. He earned his law degree in 1950. he started working in private practices as a part-time Brewton City attorney. Gates died Monday at his beach home in Washington state from Alzheimer’s disease, his family announced Tuesday, CBS News reports. His family credited the patriarch in an obituary with a deep commitment to social and economic equity. Stating that he was responsible for the bill and Melinda Gate’s foundation first efforts to improve global health. They also talked about his advocacy for progressive taxation, especially his efforts to pass a state income tax on the wealthy in Washington that was unsuccessful.
Bill wrote in a tribute to his dad, stating his generosity, empathy, and humility had a huge influence on people around the world.